Community Efficiency Financing (GMF)

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The Community Efficiency Financing is part of the Green Municipal Fund operated by the Federation of Municipalities and delivers energy efficient financing programs for low-rise residential properties. Property Assessed Clean Energy, Local Improvement Charge financing and utility on-bill financing are just some examples of financing models used by municipalities delivering residential energy programming. GMF‐supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and soil, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Funding is available to all Canadian municipal governments and their partners for eligible projects.


Funding for:

  • Feasibility Studies: Grants of up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000.
  • Pilot Projects: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $350,000.
  • Capital Projects: Up to 80% of eligible project costs (loan max is $5 million; grant amount is 15% of loan).
  • Applicants with high‐ranking projects may be eligible for a loan of up to $10 million, combined with a grant for 15% of loan amount, to a max of $1.5 million.
  • $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund with $125 million top‐up in 2017‐18.

How to apply

Rolling intake, open to all municipal governments and partners.

Projects are eligible for funding in the following focus areas:

  • Sustainable neighbourhood and brownfields action plans
  • Energy efficiency and recovery
  • Transportation and fuel efficiency
  • Water quality and conservation
  • Waste management and diversion
  • Brownfields